The Pac-12 CEO Group, consisting of the presidents and chancellors of all member universities, today announced that student-athletes in football, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball will be allowed to return to campus beginning on June 15th for voluntary workouts.
The return is subject to the policies of each of the individual institutions, as well as the jurisdiction of the governments in which they reside.
“As educational institutions, our highest obligation is to the health and welfare of our students, faculty, and staff,” said Pac-12 CEO Group Chair and University of Colorado Boulder Chancellor Philip DiStefano. “As we considered the pros and cons of taking steps that can pave a path to returning to play, those considerations were foremost, guided by the advice of our own medical experts along with public health officials.”
“The Pac-12 is committed to the well-being of our student-athletes, and the decision to allow for voluntary workouts, subject to a determination by each school, is guided by the advice of our medical experts and will be supported by the detailed protocols established by our medical advisory committee in concert with our campus’ own safety guidelines,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. “As states have either already opened or begin to open up access to parks, gyms and other training facilities, student-athletes should have the option at this time to be in, what for many, will be a much safer environment on campus, where they can have access to the best available health, well-being and training support.”
With four Pac-12 institutions being in California, and another in Seattle which was home to one of the largest breakouts of the Covid-19 when the virus first appeared, it’s likely that state and local governments will also need to sign off before players will be allowed to return to their weight rooms and locker rooms. California Governor Gavin Newsom has said he can see pro sports returning to his state without fans as soon as June.
The Pac-12 consists of 10 public institutions (Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Colorado, Utah, Cal, and UCLA) and two private schools (USC and Stanford).